Frito-Lay completes first EV shipment

Frito Lay North America has announced its first-ever third-party shipment on an electric vehicle with Schneider National. This is the first third-party transportation shipment on an electric vehicle for PepsiCo globally.

“Today’s milestone shipment underscores the importance of cross-industry collaboration in building a more sustainable food system and achieving Frito-Lay and PepsiCo Positive’s goal of net-zero emissions by 2040,” said David Allen, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, PepsiCo Foods North America. “As a company with massive scale, Frito-Lay looks for opportunities to create positive change – but we can’t do it alone. By working with Schneider, we are taking an important step forward in our efforts to reduce value chain emissions and move our snack products in a more sustainable way.”

An emissions reduction of more than 70% is expected this year from the initial EV routes, compared with the same shipments on diesel trucks, which is equivalent to eliminating more than 180,000 miles driven by gasoline-powered passenger vehicles from the road.

“As we roll out our fleet of almost 100 new battery electric trucks, we’re thrilled to offer a cleaner mode of freight transportation to valued customers like Frito-Lay, who share our goal of operating in ways that are environmentally responsible,” said Rob Reich, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Schneider. “For decades, we have been committed to improving sustainability at Schneider, and we’re proud to now be able to positively impact our customers’ operations as well. Working together, we are decreasing the carbon footprint of shipments in southern California and making a positive difference.”

Frito-Lay and PepsiCo’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2040 is guided by PepsiCo positive (pep+), an end-to-ednd transformation putting sustainability at the centre.

Frito-Lay is making advancements in sustainability, among them the recent transformation of one of the brand’s largest manufacturing facilities located in Modesto, California, as the first to implement site-wide alternative fuel vehicles.

This follows on from the news of PepsiCo switching the trucks transporting Walkers from being powered from diesel to cooking oil. From November 2022, the company will power more than one million miles of truck journeys each year using cooking oil.

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